Potential Solutions & Ideas

I believe local government’s primary focus should be on answering the three Core Questions to help ensure that people and the environment thrive. My campaign is focused on thinking deeply with my Community about these questions and hearing citizens’ thoughts about potential solutions that reach far beyond the current election season or the next four years (term of a city commissioner).

Clearly, part of the ongoing conversation needs to be about funding and what some of the tradeoffs might be among funded projects, etc. that are both what we say we “want” and what we say we “need” as a Community.

The possibilities and ideas shared in this summary fall into 5 Core Topic areas:

    • Youth
    • Whole Health
    • Natural Environment
    • Citizen Engagement
    • Mental Health District (Mental Health is part of Whole Health, but the proposed approach is unique to Mental Health, so I have broken it out as a separate area of focus.)
Youth
  • Being a City whose policies and priorities continue to reflect the belief that “Youth are the future.”
    • Facilitate engagement among middle school, high school, young adults to mentor, develop leadership skills
    • Facilitate with all possible stakeholders to create “Leadership North Port” for youth, with focus on service and awareness of what is needed to build and sustain a city with a unifying sense of Community
    • Youth say they “want more to do here”. Engage them to help create what that looks like and their role in helping us get there
  • Resolving to be a City whose legislative priorities include advocating to our State and Federal representatives the expectation of, at the very least, a transparent effort to put the needs of PEOPLE on par with economic considerations as a matter of course and especially during crises.
Whole Health Plan
  • Including a Whole Health Plan (WHP) whose principles apply universally to all citizens as part of the City’s Strategic Plan. Note, June 13, 2020: The City’s portion of health insurance is 4.32% of the total City budget (or roughly $7.5M). The underlying principle here is that the best “health insurance” is thriving health. This proposed WHP
    • Focuses on the cultivation of health and the prevention of disease
    • Is the umbrella under which communication falls and to which City outreach is linked
    • Facilitates the establishment of a “North Port Food Bank” until our citizens-in-need are self-sufficient (See bullet below regarding food independence.)
    • Facilitates the establishment of food pantries in all schools (like the one at Atwater Elementary)
    • Focuses on creating a process for establishing food independence for North Port citizens
      • Augments the connection of food to school so children do not suffer from lack of access during normally scheduled off-times or times of crisis such as COVID-19
      • Examines the tax implications of food independence to Sarasota County Schools and potentially other agencies
    • Ensures access for North Port citizens to abundant, nutritious, plant-based food, outcomes of which include research-based benefits including the lower cost of food; reduced malnourishment; alternatives to health-damaging lifestyle choices; and improved overall health.
      • No food deserts
      • Food forests
      • Vegetable gardens in the majority of North Port parks
      • Provide acreage for “field to fork” farming
      • Ordinances that allow gardens anywhere on residents’ property
      • “Tower Garden”-like resources in public gathering spaces
    • Works with stakeholders to encourage them to provide whole health products (healthy food can also be delicious!)
    • Evaluates existing environmental, agricultural, and chemical policies and adapts them as needed, or works with responsible agencies to get them adapted as needed
    • Ensures affordable healthcare options are available to citizens
      • Collaborates with premiere research partners to create the Healthiest City by 2030
    • Incentivizes North Port high school graduates who major in fields related to Whole Health to practice in North Port
  • Revamping the Citizen Survey to include measures that help us understand how citizens are doing in real life (happiness, well-being (financial, physical, psychological, and emotional) and creating policy that helps them thrive
Environmental Stewardship
  • Being extraordinary stewards of our Natural environment by actions such as
    • Reducing clear-cutting
    • Requiring tree canopy-enhancing plantings/Florida friendly, native landscaping on commercial land so that the built environment is in harmony with the Natural environment
Citizen Engagement
  • Catalyzing/accelerating the level of Citizen Engagement which strengthens social capital and democratic processes, and empowers each of us who have been helped, to be able to help others
    • Create a program of Municipal Service, e.g., a process where people can help each other get their needs met (pay it forward, interpersonal exchanges of resources and information), fostering community in general, an Intracity Service Corps, for example, that emulates the basic principle of giving back to the Community in partnership with City-provided or supported assistance.
    • Some ways to reciprocate and give back may include
      • Visiting Senior citizens
      • Helping Veterans get help
      • Adopting Parks
      • Participating in regular “clean-up” events
      • Volunteering at City-sponsored events
      • Volunteering with local businesses and/or non-profits to help them recover financially from the COVID-19 pandemic or other crises
      • High school students accumulating Service Hours towards scholarships
      • Young Adults contributing one-year of service to City projects being remunerated with funds toward buying a home or starting a business in North Port
“Service is rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.”
— Marian Wright Edelman
Mental Health District
  • Establishing an Intracity Mental Health District with 5-year sunset (“peace of mind” was the greatest concern for the future per the 2020 North Port Kindness Community Survey)
  • Evaluating and potentially reorganizing, adapting or eliminating existing volunteer boards
  • Requiring that Civil Communication be taught to all City staff and City-sponsored board members (civic engagement)
  • Creating an “Emergency Thrive Now Fund” for North Port citizens to augment aid provided by organizations such as the Salvation Army, Season of Sharing and the faith-based community to help immediately mitigate hardship caused by crises.
    • As of June 13, 2020, there are still North Porters who have received no stimulus monies to which they are entitled. We do not know the ultimate effects of COVID-19 on our citizens, and we can assume there will be challenges in the future. We cannot rely on State and Federal funds to trickle down quickly enough to ensure that people have the peace of mind that support will be available for “survival” until they can move toward a level of thriving.
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